I want to enter pan/orbit mode while the middle mouse button is still pressed. Currently you have to release the middle mouse button if you want to switch between pan and orbit mode which is too many clicks. In 3ds Max you can switch from pan to rotate and vice versa without ever releasing the middle mouse button. Can I do this in Blender?
I don’t think this is possible, but I think the reason I never suffer from the feature’s absence is because there is Numpad “.” to center the Viewport on the Selection. I suppose otherwise it is a matter of a rapid flurry of clicks.
Success!! I managed to do what I wanted - no middle mouse button release while going between orbit, pan & zoom. I spent some good 30 minutes in the hotkey editor but it was well worth it.